Romans 4-7

Daily Reading

Romans 4-7

Daily Thought

You could attempt to not sin.  Benjamin Franklin tried, and recorded the effort in his autobiography, “It was about this time I conceiv’d the bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection. As I knew, or thought I knew, what was right and wrong, I did not see why I might not always do the one and avoid the other.”  He made a chart of virtues: Temperence, Silence, Order, Resolution, Frugality, Industry, Sincerity, Justice, Moderation, Cleanliness, Tranquility, Chastity, Humility.  He recorded his success (and failure): Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and “was supris’d to find myself so much fuller of faults than I had imagined.”  In the words of the apostle Paul, “I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing” (Romans 7:19).

Our sin is not merely personal, but ultimate, against God our Creator, who made us in his image to be holy. Thus, “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), eternal separation from God. Paul cries, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24). Good question.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16). Great answer.

Daily Prayer

Holy, holy, holy are you, Lord God Almighty. I worship You, adore You, praise You.

How, then, do I approach You? For I am not holy. Far from it.

Thank you, God, for your Son. By his sacrifice, by the blood of Jesus Christ, who bore my sins, I am made righteous with his righteousness. I may approach You, O God, with confidence through a holiness not of my own, but through my Savior, my Lord, my God, Jesus Christ.

Amen

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